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Europe's African Refugee Crisis: Is the Boat Really Full?

Europe's African Refugee Crisis: Is the Boat Really Full?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 15, 2014

Since Italy began rescuing Africans from the Mediterranean after the last major tragedy in October, the number of refugees coming to Europe has risen dramatically. Fears of economic immigrants could become a top issue in Europe's spring election. By SPIEGEL Staff more...

'A Partner for Russia': Europe's Far Right Flirts with Moscow

'A Partner for Russia': Europe's Far Right Flirts with Moscow

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 14, 2014

Right-wing populists stand to gain seats in the approaching European Parliament elections -- which is good news for Moscow. Russia and the European right have been courting each other recently as mainstream Brussels has kept Moscow at arm's length. By Charles Hawley in Brussels more... Comment ]

Victim of Its Own Success: German Jobs Program for Southern Europeans Falls Short

Victim of Its Own Success: German Jobs Program for Southern Europeans Falls Short

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 11, 2014

When Germany announced a program to attract jobless young adults from Southern Europe, they had no idea how high demand would be. Funding has temporarily run out for travel, training and language learning subsidies. By Markus Dettmer and Claus Hecking more... Comment ]

Slipping Out of the Corset: Can New Prime Minister Deliver 'Changement'?

Slipping Out of the Corset: Can New Prime Minister Deliver 'Changement'?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 10, 2014

Prime Minister Manuel Valls' job is to save François Hollande's presidency. The new government has committed to some changes. But will it push through the painful reforms the country needs or will it chart a political collision course with Brussels? By Mathieu von Rohr in Paris more... Comment ]

Beggars, Inc.: Romanians Duped into Panhandling in Germany

Beggars, Inc.: Romanians Duped into Panhandling in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 28, 2014

A Romanian family in Hamburg has made a business out of luring compatriots to Germany and promising them jobs and better lives. Instead, they are coerced under highly dubious circumstances into becoming beggars for the "employer". By Katrin Kuntz more... Comment ]

The West and Russia: Why Obama's Legacy Hinges on Europe

The West and Russia: Why Obama's Legacy Hinges on Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 26, 2014

Barack Obama has labeled Russia a "regional power" that is acting out of weakness rather than strength. That may be so. But the US president's own foreign policy legacy depends heavily on Vladimir Putin -- and Europe. An Analysis by Sebastian Fischer more... Comment ]

'Dear to Our Hearts': The Crimean Crisis from the Kremlin's Perspective

'Dear to Our Hearts': The Crimean Crisis from the Kremlin's Perspective

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 25, 2014

The EU and US have come down hard on Russia for its annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. But from the perspective of the Kremlin, it is the West that has painted Putin into a corner. And the Russian president will do what it takes to free himself. By Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Leading Candidates Square Off: The Race for Europe's Top Job

Leading Candidates Square Off: The Race for Europe's Top Job

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 19, 2014

This May, European voters will decide for the first time who becomes the president of the European Commission. In a SPIEGEL interview, leading candidates Jean-Claude Juncker, 59, and Martin Schulz, 58, discuss their views on tax havens, euro bonds and the losers in the debt crisis. more... Comment ]

Ukrainian Defense Minister: 'I Am Prepared to Die for My Country'

Ukrainian Defense Minister: 'I Am Prepared to Die for My Country'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 18, 2014

Acting Ukrainian Defense Minister Ihor Tenyukh says he doesn't believe that war with Russia is imminent. But in an interview with SPIEGEL, he says that many Ukrainians are prepared to serve just the same. Interview Conducted By Matthias Schepp more... Comment ]

Parallels to 1914? What History Teaches Us About the Ukraine Crisis

Parallels to 1914? What History Teaches Us About the Ukraine Crisis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 14, 2014

On the 100th anniversary of World War I, it is tempting to compare events in Ukraine to 1914. But the current crisis bears little resemblance to the geopolitical situation of the time. The answers history provides are anything but singular and absolute. By Christopher Clark more... Comment ]